Special Populations

The Oakland Schools Department of Special Education is dedicated to providing leadership and services that strengthen the capacity of schools, families and communities to support the success of students with an individualized education program (IEP).

School districts of Oakland County provide special education services and programs for approximately 21,000 students identified as eligible for special education. 

Services of the Oakland Schools Intermediate School District include, but are not limited to: 

  • consultation and instruction of stude​nts with low incidence disabilities
  • audiological evaluations
  • com​pliance
  • technical assistance
  • access to assistive technology 
  • professional learning opportunities 

All programs for students with disabilities in Oakland County are designed and operated by local districts, including Programs for All (center programs).  ​

Submit a professional learning/building capacity request. 

School Districts served by Oakland Schools (OS) form to request Professional Learning (PL) provided at a district site by the OS Special Education Department.​

The Special Populations Department offers many Professional Learning events year round, in formats ranging from the traditional face-to-face format to webinars and other online formats.


Karen Olex

Executive Director of Special Populations

Erika Geyman

Executive Assistant I